The Original Woodward Cruise
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2014-08-16 00:00:00 GMT+00:00

until the 2014 Woodward Dream Cruise!

August 16, 2014

Cruisin’ Detroit’s Woodward Avenue is a tradition that started on Friday and Saturday nights in the 1950s, when greaser teenagers smeared Vitalis in their hair and cruised the drive-in restaurants from Ferndale’s Totem Pole near Eight Mile Road all the way up to Ted’s in Pontiac. A lengthy 32-mile loop (16 miles each way), the goal was to meet other buddies, girlfriends and, above all, to find out where the night’s parties were going to be located. The tradition evolved into showing off your ride, and later into the famous stoplight-to-stoplight drag races.


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As the races became more competitive, even the Big Four automakers got involved (unofficially, of course) with some skunkworks-produced high-performance muscle cars. The shenanigans got out of hand, and each of the nine boroughs – Berkley, Birmingham, Bloomfield Hills, Bloomfield Township, Ferndale, Huntington Woods, Pleasant Ridge, Pontiac, and Royal Oak – cracked down and chased the kids away.

During the ensuing years Woodward Avenue became a haven for seedy motels, basic strip malls, and crime. But in the 1990s, as original cruisers approached middle age, they slowly returned to Woodward to relive their youth.

During the years after the official Woodward Avenue Dream Cruise began, the number of celebrating participants is edging toward two million! Originally a one day event has grown to the weeks and even months before with cruisers showing up every weekend from June through August along with spectators here and there with their chairs and cars parked in local lots, showing off their rolling artwork and meeting with friends to do some bench racing.

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More than 40,000 muscle cars, street rods, customs, collectors, and special interest vehicles will line the nearly 80 square miles of mostly unfenced landscape and filled the air with the smell of exhaust and the rumble of big-block engines. Spectators with chairs and portable tents were set up on the side of the road soaking up the sights of the annual parade, challenging drivers to rev their engines or spin tires, all the while filling the air with noxious exhaust fumes as the cars slowly rolled past. People spent well more than $100 million during the weekend, a number that seems to grow exponentially as many of the now trendy businesses along the route experience their highest single-day revenue of the year.

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This years Cruise is Saturday, August 16, 2014.  Visit our facebook page for daly updates, parking availability and chat with other cruisers.

 


 




Links
Woodward Dream Cruise Facebook Group
Detroit Muscle Motor City
Woodward Avenue Action Association
Official site of the Woodward Dream Cruise
Ferndale Dream Cruise
MichiganClassics.com - Buy & Sell classic cars and hotrods, Event Calendar
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